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Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines

Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines 10 August, 2019

The U.S. Navy announced that the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in the Philippines, Manila, August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54).

 

“This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

 

While in Manila, the U.S. Navy and the Philippines Navy will participate in sporting events, engage in senior leadership exchanges, and take part in public relations and cultural events. The Reagan will also host ship tours for students and youth.

 

Nimitz Class USS Ronald Reagan has a full displacement of about 92,000 tons. The ship, which can carry 85 aircraft and 333 metres in length, is equipped with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow, RIM-116 RAM missiles and three 20 mm Mk 15 Phalanx close-in-weapon system for self-defence.

 

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte is known for his anti-US politics. He recently declared that he will not allow US medium-range ballistic nuclear missiles in his country.

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